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: they are arguably the two tight ans of washington politics. president obama and chief justice john roberts the dance between these two has been fascinating to watch as two intellectuals use the tools of their respective offices to change the nation. joining me now to examine the complex relationship between the white house and the high court is jeffrey toobin whose writings are widely acclaimed. he's the senior writer at cnn and his book" the oath." thank you for joining us. >> hello. >> eliot: good to see you. like our days at cnn together. >> exactly. >> eliot: you say that president obama is actually counter intuitively the conservative constitutionalist. explain what you mean by that. >> since the 19 1980s since edward meese arrived he said we need to expand executive power end racial preferences to assist african-americans, lower the bearsier between church and state, and above all reverse roe versus wade to ban abortion. that's been the conservative agenda at the supreme court. it's an agenda of change. it's john roberts agenda and it has not yet succeeded. it may never succeed but it is an ag
romney, he is focusing on virginia which could be a toss up. john roberts is with us following the governor romney campaign and ed henry is covering the president's campaign, and the president will speak in an hour, is that right? >>reporter: that is right. he was in business earlier, flashing a new wardrobe wearing a bomber jacket from air force one and a new message, the aides say that while he has been negative on governor romney and days ahead,, he will be more talking about what he would do in a second term. take a listen. >> we made real progress the past four years. but wisconsin, we know our work is not done yet. as long as there is a single american who want as job and can't find one, our work isn't done. as long as there are families who are working hadder but fall behind, our work isn't done. as long as there is a child languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity, anywhere in this country, our work is not yet done. >> we just heard an announcement for obama on the final day, bruce springsteen and jay-z will do the final public. >>shepard: id that we have a schedu
roberts was there in boston again today with a recap, john? >> the governor put on a brave face. but he was experiencing bitter disappointment and a long, long road to get where he was. it does go to show that the were accurate in what they were hoying and always happens in every four years. they were looking attractive in closing days, they really weren't. the real question it. broadly divided as the country is and big issues facing us, is this a recipe for grid lock or will it spark dipartisan legislation. mitt romney said he would reach across the aisle and he asked those in charge next year to get something done. >> the nation as you know is at a criticical point we can't risk political bickers and partisanship. we have storeach across the aisle. we look to teachers and professors and county on you to teach and inspire our children with passion and discovery. >> the president pledged to meet with mitt romney to talk about the problems . if the republican party hopes to win back the white house it has work to do. governor romney lost among women and lost the hispanic vote. president
got out in front and never let go. we have long. john roberts is with mitt romney in headquarters and phil keatings in florida, keeping phil up all night. starting with wendall. happy people? >> not much change. president has faur more year slightly larger majority in senate and republicans still control the house . two parties still have to come up with a budget deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts. president obama is relected with the highest unemployment rate of 7 seven.9 percent. it was held here in the mccormic center. it was still a party and a lot earlier than had feared. the president thanked romney and paul ryan for a hard fought campaign. >> i have listened to you and i are learned from you and you can made me a better president. and with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we need to do and the future that lies ahead. >> the president called former president clinton and thanked him for the tireless campaigning and made a huge difference in the outcome and a tough choice if hillary c
roberts and justice kennedy. the hard question for john roberts is what you mentioned early on -- i think john roberts would think there is something wrong with keeping the south under this special scrutiny. the hard question here is congress did authorize -- re- authorize this law for another 25 years. kennedy and roberts, a one has addition they will have is to ask whether should the supreme court stepped in to strike down the law that congress has passed almost unanimously? host: back to the phones, terry is waiting from pennsylvania on the republican line. caller: thank you, david, when you first started talking, you were talking about the election laws. you made the comment that the reason for the lobbying in active was the supreme court made the comment, i think it was california you said, that they were not doing a good enough job of getting non-english speaking voters to vote3 is that true? guest: yes, that was the issue in the early 1970's. it was the coverage formula which was changed. i don't know the history well but the issue then was that in a lot of counties in different pa
, just as alito and the important ones, justice roberts and justice kennedy. the hard question for john roberts is what you mentioned early on -- i think john roberts would think there is something wrong with keeping the south under this special scrutiny. the hard question here is congress did authorize -- re- authorize this law for another 25 years. kennedy and roberts, a one has addition they will have is to ask whether should the supreme court stepped in to strike down the law that congress has passed almost unanimously? host: back to the phones, terry is waiting from pennsylvania on the republican line. caller: thank you, david, when you first started talking, you were talking about the election laws. you made the comment that the reason for the lobbying in active was the supreme court made the comment, i think it was california you said, that they were not doing a good enough job of getting non- english speaking voters to vote3 is that true? guest: yes, that was the issue in the early 1970's. it was the coverage formula which was changed. i don't know the history well but the issue
and colorado. using the latest jobs report to make his argument that america needs a change. john roberts is live in inglewood where governor romney is expected to make his final campaign stop of the day. >> reporter: good afternoon to you. this is the time in the election campaign when those of us like to call it death march into tuesday. both campaigns pulling out all the stops doing whatever they can to try to woo over the late decided voters. governor romney on the stomp in iowa saying he has the experience to turn the economy around saying the president has failed to meet the challenge fay can the united states. >> the difference between us, he makes promises and he couldn't keep. i'm making promises i have kept and i will keep them for the american people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: president obama meantime, continuing down the path you can't trust governor romney. that he is misleading american people, imploring to give him another four years to get the economy on track. now is not the time to be changing horses. >> after four years of president you know me. you may not a
effective emergency communications. in 40 minutes, it chief justice john roberts on the supreme court and constitutional law. and while looking at china's political and economic and military power, and another on the situation in syria. >> one of the major effects on hurricane sandy was on telecommunications. that is our topic today on "the communicators." christopher guttman-mccabe is our guest today. mr. christopher guttman-mccabe, overall, what was the effect of hurricane sandy on your organization, verizon, sprint, at&t and etc. >> guest: thank you. i wouldn't mind taking a step back and providing a little perspective on this storm and the impact it had. mayor bloomberg said that the damage was unprecedented. but it may be the worst storm that the city has ever faced. and the previous title search, it was 14 feet. governor chris christie said the damage was unthinkable. we have buyers. we had hurricane force winds. we had massive flooding and if you look at that in the flooding of the subway system and the shutdown of the stock exchanges, you start to get the scale and scope of th
. john roberts never was although he gave his vote on the commerce clause to the other four conservatives. ir is that he was going to be the quote decider on this one. does it indicate that he is kind of changing his tune in becoming, coming more to the metal? this term will tell because this term on like the health care case, this coming term which has affirmative action and almost certainly voting rights, the two big raise subjects and race has been his subject just like federalism has been kennedy's. roberts is entering his eighth term as chief justice a of the early in his tenure in the case in 2007 where he said you know, the way to stop discriminating, the way to stop discrimination by race is to stop discriminating by race. invalidating an effort by the school systems to keep their public schools from resegregating. that told us he is really eager to get into the subjects. and so attacking to the middle by him on those? i don't think so but i'm not 100% sure. i'm not going on too long about this but it is the question of the moment. this is where they roberts court, the robbers abo
coverage. wen dalwendel s in new hampshie traveling with the president and john roberts is live in cleveland where governor romney will be holding another rally shortly. wendel? >> as you point out, the president making his closing argument in battleground states, none more important than ohio which he will visit today and tomorrow. he s in new hampshire today which only has four electoral votes but they are critical given how close the race is. the president hoping to deny mitt romney a path to the 270 votes he needs to win the white house. 270 electoral votes. former president clinton is with mr. obama at some stops like the one here in concord new hampshire and is headlining other rallies on his own lending his considerable popularity to the effort. mr. clinton says mr. obama's response to superstorm sandy is proof he can work with republicans even if they are republican city and state leaders instead of those in congress. president clinton also reminded the last time the budget was balanced a democrat was in the white house and mr. obama suggests his poll issues are close to
coverage starts right now. john roberts with the future for mitt romney. we start with wendell goler live from chicago. both sides promising bipartisanship. is that a pre at? >> we'll see, martha. quite frankly the changes are modest the president returning for four more years with a slightly larger democratic majority in the senate, the republicans have a smaller majority in the house though they still control it. the two parties must come up with a budget deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year that could rigor another recession. president obama becomes the president reelected with the highs unemployment rate since franklin roosevelt and he promised to reach across the aisle more in his second term. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you, i have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. and with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work left to do and the future that lies ahead. [cheers and applause] >> the big issue the two parties still have to re
much. >> john roberts is is traveling with the romney campaign. what is going on there? >> hey, jon, good afternoon. just getting the warm-up going for governor romney's appearance just outside of cleveland just by the airport, as a matter of fact. this is so, so, so important that the final poll before election day, president obama at 50% and governor romney at 48%. small margin of error but the numbers still within the margin of error. 1.6 million people have voted already are in ohio. difficult to tell how that vote breaks down because a lot of registrations are not up-to-date and an awful lot of unaffiliated voters. look at the coverage on the front page of the cleveland plain dealer it is all about ohio and president obama here today and tomorrow and governor romney the statement. on the stump making his closing arguments earlier today in des moines, iowa and he will repeat that here talking about the idea that he will be serious when it comes to reducing the deficit. here is the governor. >> we going to cut, not just slow the rate of growth but actually caught nonsecurity disc
will return to ohio for an event tomorrow. john roberts is in columbus now, live with more on that, jon? >> reporter: good afternoon to you, jon. another sign how important the buckeye state is in this election. early voting has been going on here more than a month, $1.6 million votes cast. romney campaign feels they need to come back here one more time. we go to nevada, then ohio, then florida, ohio. then virginia, then ohio. they feel like even though they have got an event this afternoon at the airport in columbus they need to come back here one more time. very unusual for a presidential candidate to come out to do an event on election day. typically they wrap up around midnight as governor romney is planning to tonight in manchester, new hampshire with kid rock and others and go back to the home base and sit there and go vote. they wait for election results to come in that night. governor romney and his campaign feeling because they feel like they could grab ohio? they have been very confident about that with their conversations with me or they feel like they need to come back here
. at 2, chief justice josh roberts and -- john roberts and labeling justices liberal and conservative. and later, space pioneers and nasa officials pay homage to the first man to work on the moon, neil armstrong, just before 11. >> now a look at the role superpacs played in the 2012 election. speakers include former federal election commission chairman trevor potter who said we're just beginning to
it anymore. >> chief justice john roberts talking about the role of the courts in this, we don't have a tape of it. things have changed in the south. >> julian, can you respond to what the chief justice it is. >> i'm holding in my hand a list 16 pages of 102 examples of alabama being told that it can't do the things it said, 102 times since the voting rights act became law alabama has had to be told by the department of justice that it has behaved badly, discriminated against people of color and it needs to stop it. justice roberts is apparently not familiar with this, doesn't know the vast record the congress apassed the last time the voting rights act was extended. i hope he learns about it before this case comes to trial in this courtroom. >> those are the kind of things that he's going to hear. if it comes to the courtroom in a way is there a benefit to have it make it to the supreme court so americans can once again be reminded of the importance of this act. >> you like to hope. this is very much like the health act. the question is here not whether or not the act ought to do these thin
's problems. is that something the governor is willing to do? senior national correspondent john roberts is live in the boston with more. john? >> reporter: good afternoon. great job, by the way, last night, really terrific. megyn: back at you. >> reporter: i talked with a romney adviser just a few minutes ago who told me the campaign wasn't aware of any kind of a formal invitation from the president at this point to come down to the white house and talk about issues, but this adviser suggested that if an invitation like that did come, that governor romney would probably most certainly take the president up on it for the sake of trying to bring the nation together after such a divisive election. that was a big theme of his campaign in the closing days, reaching across the aisle to get things done, and it was the theme in his concession speech last night as he urged leaders who will carry the country forward from january on to work together to try to solve some of the big issues that are facing this country. the governor basically saying that's one of the reasons why he ran for president.
is in newborn babies. john roberts on this for us today. he is live in atlanta. good morning, john. >> reporter: martha, good morning to you. 17% of the children in the united states are obese now. it tripled in the last three decades. something needs to be done to identify them earlier. researchers at imperial college in london. they came up with a simple calculator. sounds too good to be true? perhaps but it is 80% accuracy. get the parents body mass index. child's birth weight, number of people in the household and whether mom spokes smoke and mom's profession. parental bmi of 24. that is high side of normal. two people in the household. mom did not smoke. baby came in 8.8 pounds. mama a professional and entrepreneur. probability for obesity for that child, 2.21%. change the unemployed. the number skyrockets to 15.19%. reason why? people of lower income households tend to eat less healthy foods. much more loaded with sugar. more fast-foods and put on weight more rapidly. what happens if mom smokes? look at that scenario. bmi for parents. borderline obese. mama skilled manual worker. doesn't
have to choose between the old guard and the new. fox news senior correspondent john roberts has more from atlanta. >> we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. >> paul ryan has passed the readiness test the aides insist. thoroughly vetted and dialed in to the mitt romney fundraising machine. he has apparatus, they say, to run but add he hasn't yet thought about it. in the next year, three big figures from the fall campaign, marco rubio, chris christie and rob portman. all have star quality. the rubio has a little extra juice, says karl rove. >> marco rubio is probably the best political communicator in our party since ronald reagan. he is obviously latino and from a big battleground state. >> iowa is on rubio's agenda. headlining a birthday fundraiser for governor terry branstad next week. though his spokesman told fox news it's way too soon to be thinking about 2016. >> it's about our country. >> much the same of portman's office which said he is focused on his work in the senate. christie said he was too busy with sandy to think about this week's election, let alone '16.
, and another guy, john roberts you. got to play, man. got to do something. >> you defied the doctors? >> they found a drum set. i don't know, found one last minute. ended up on stage, no music, no backing music, get up there and play. >> what do you thing? what is the healing effect of music? what do you think about it resonates and gets you through? >> a good example. after i played. another guy got up there and played a guitar with a prosthesis. witness you see that it inspires you to want to do more. we sat down. we decided we should do wounded warrior band. i took the idea and went forward with it. i realize there is more than just having a band for wounded warriors, we can inspire, help empower under wounded warriors using the music as a healing tool. >> that's what you use to start rock for recovery program. >> correct. yes, rock for recovery. something that came from the band. and our mission to empower wounded warriors through our music. we have a facility in downtown houston that we just opened up. wounded warriors come and play their own music, teach them, moantory them, he
, looking forward, he hired a man by the name of john roberts, who is now our chief justice of the united states, and william rehnquist hiredded him as an associate justice. john roberts served in the ronald reagan and hw bush administrations and appointed to the supreme court in 2005 to succeed william rehnquist after he died from the thyroid cancer. what is the legacy that you believe that william rehnquist gave to john roberts, and do you see him in the same vain? >> guest: well, i -- i see roberts as rehnquist's natural heir, okay? >> host: same partisan vain? >> guest: absolutely. now, roberts is a -- roberts, i think, is a -- is a more depth partisan in some respects, but also, actually, if you believe the academics and you believe, and i do, the ideology of the record, roberts is more conservative than rehnquist. there's never a court as conservative, according to the academic studies, there's never been a court more conservative right now than the roberts court, at least not sense 1937 when records really are starting to be analyzed and kept. i think roberts is very much different
to the last, mark cuba for the court against a very worthy opposing counsel named john roberts. that was a good day, an interesting day. as these thoughts were racing through my head sooner or later the clock struck 10 and at the appointed hour the gavel and clock operated almost as if in perfect union. i heard the familiar pound of the gavel by the marshall and the familiar incantation oh yeah a all persons before the supreme court of the united states, get their attention, court is now and saying, god save the united states and the honorable court andes justices magically materialize behind these draperies. i listened to them start to announce the decision is. true to form the court held the most interesting case for the last case. so the emotion in the room reached a certain crescendo by the time it came time for the court to announce its ruling. i along with most of the conservatives in varoom was elated when she justice roberts started announcing the opinion. i took that as a very good omen. i was even more elated as he launched into the constitutional commerce clause, and
john roberts. later, space pioneers and nasa officials pay a much to the first man to walk among, nell armstrong just before 11:00. >> defense secretary leon panetta looks at how potential budget cuts could affect the pentagon. he spoke tuesday evening at the center for new american security about the so-called fiscal cliff and defense priorities. [applause] good evening and thank you for coming. >> it is an honor to be introducing my old boss. >> defense secretary leon panetta looks at how budget cuts could affect the pentagon. we spoke tuesday evening at the center for new american security about the fiscal cliff and fed priorities. >> thank you for coming. it is an honor to be back and an honor to be introducing my old boss. as you know, secretary of the net debt is one of the most respected and experienced hands in washington. his resume is legendary. chairman of the budget committee back in the day when they actually passed a budget, director of the office of management and budget, and chief of staff to president clinton when the white house, director of the central intelligence a
such as cancer, poverty, and climate change. the nation's highest judge, chief justice john roberts, talks about challenges to the constitution. he is followed by justice ruth a bitter ginsburg on gender discrimination cases. -- justice ruth bader ginsburg on gender discrimination cases. >> friday morning on fox "washington journal," tom shoop discusses the sequestration. ta on theall alan od u.s. postal service. and look at consumer confidence, with washington post financial reporter dan neal douglas. your phone calls, females, and tweets. "washington journal" live friday mroning on c-span. >> the name of this place still rests -- resonates with the shuttering of the american people. more than any other name connected to the civil war except lincoln's, a gettysburg reverberates. americans retain knowledge that what happened here was the crux of our terrible national trial. even americans who were not sure precisely what happened on these fields know that all the glory and all the tragedy we associate with the civil war besides most probably, most indelibly here. >> denied o'clock eastern, linco
that was involved in a controversial decision with the health care law just a few months ago, john roberts wasn't on the court in 2000. but i'm sure he'd like to try to avoid having to get involved in any kind of a battle over this election. how does it go? what's the vote if this ends up going to the supreme court? >> that is a fantastic question. and i really think that with health care, the supreme court justices were concerned about being labeled as political. they knew there was a campaign coming that was going to trash them and say these supreme court justices are political. it should be very interesting if it does go to the supreme court. i think that the justices -- i don't think they're going to buckle to public pressure if it comes before them this time. >> rick: they didn't last time of the i don't know why anybody would think they would this time. justice with judge jeanine, on 9:00 p.m. eastern time tonight right here on fox news channel. a great show. a great pleasure to talk to you. thanks for doing this. >> my pleasure. >> arthel: very good. right now we want you take to you deb
to the president's picks. i voted for kagan and sotomayor. senator obama voted gaps john bolton, alito and john roberts. he had a very high bar for confirmation. i have a very low bar. i'm going to listen to what susan rice has to say, put her entire record in context. but i'm not going to give her a plus for passing on a narrative that was misleading to the american people, and whether she knew it was misleading or not. >> you won't filibuster her appointment? >> i'm going to wait to see what the state department has to say, but i'm very disappointed in susan rice, somebody who knew nothing about benghazi, telling a story that was disconnected from reality that did make the president look good at a time when quite frankly the narrative should have been challenged, not reinforced, that al qaeda was dismantled. that's what they wanted us to believe, that al qaeda was dismantled, and benghazi was exhibit a that that storyline was not working and was untrue. >> let me turn to the issue of david petraeus and his resignation, because of his affair. he's been central to this benghazi testimony. but t
journal" which named chief justice john roberts liberal man of the year along with lena dunham, who is not a man. details, details. did we mention hobby lobby which tried to claim it was a religious organization to avoid covering employees' birth control. i'm afraid a federal judge ruled bedazzling kits are not a religion, at least not yet. the real kooks are those gearing up for the apocalypse on december 21st. >> my countdown to doomsday. >> okay. i am going to need a real check. let's bring in our panel, msnbc political analyst jonathan alter, columnist for the bloomberg view and an author. msnbc political analyst professor michael irkchael iraq dyson. the only reason the president won re-election according to mr. o'reilly is because he drove around the country throwing dollar bills to anyone who would vote for him. that's right, isn't it? >> i don't know if that happened, but i know the president stripped down them to a bare essence and the bare essence as he made it rain on their heads was the fact they had no particular agenda that was saleable to the american public. now they
estimates 17% of american kids owe r. obese, that's triple the rate from one generation ago. john roberts home live in atlanta. he had can't do this, can they? how do they do it? >> they claim they can do it with 80% accuracy. take a look at the calculator here. parents high normals bmi's 24. child weighed 9 pounds. the probability that child would become obese over time is 2% if mom is either professional or entrepreneur. social environment factors. if mom is unskilled worker and unemployed that rate jumps to 15%. race also plays a factor. in this calculator tailor into the u.s. market. if mom and dad are sort of a little bit overweight, mom gained 25% extra weight when pre of the baby is asian, 7% chance that baby will become obese. if the baby is black that jumps to 30%. they looked at 4,000 people in finland over 25 years to come up with a basic calculator and worked with harvard to come out that with that u.s. >> shepard: it also works to exercise and eat right. >> difficult to exercise and eat right when you are six weeks old, shep. what this tells us is that the very earliest stage
, a single unexpected vote by chief justice john roberts supporting the constitutionality of the president's healthcare bill meant that the central provision of the law would stand. millions cheered, millions jeered. other charged issues might well also be settled by a single vote, according to joan biskupic, who covers the court for reuters. >> this is a very divided court on just about every issue that americans care about. abortion rights. gun rights. we end up with five to four decisions on many important cases. the change in just one individual on the court could swing an entire case. >> today, four of the justices are in their mid-to-late 70s. if there are openings in the coming four years, the next president, through his nominations, will have the chance to influence the direction of the court for decades to come. and yet, during those same two debates about domestic issues, the phrase "supreme court" was mentioned just one time. >> so, hari, as voters around the nation prepare to cast their ballots, there's no question they'll want to consider the candidates' positions on issues ge
? mention each and everyone. there you go. john roberts is live in virginia with more for us now. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning to you, jenna. tomorrow both president obama and governor romney will be in or around columbus, ohio. a testament to how important the state is. he is here in virginia was built on a site of the old meadow farms where the great secretariat was born. i will help you make your own analogis. whoever wins the commonwealth will win it by a nose. the governor pressing hard on economy today. "fox news poll" showing him with a nine point ad vage over the president. with mr. obama on the campaign trail governor romney is sharpening the contrast with the president who is best to bring back prosperity for the nation. >> do you want the four more years like the last four years? >> no!. >> you want four more years where 23 million americans are struggling to have a good job? >> no!. >> you want four more years where earnings are going down every year? >> no!. >> you want four more years of trillion dollar deficits in washington? >> no!. >> reporter: governor romney drawi
state of florida. first, let's go to john roberts in columbus, ohio, the state that may decide it all. good morning to you, john. >> yeah. it comes down to ohio just about every four years. that's true again this year. the last day of early voting just getting underway in ohio. 1.6 million people cast ballots. democrats currently have about a six-point advantage in early voting here. but the romney campaign says the president is underperforming compared to 2008. the state florida, a lot of early votes have come in. the democrats have a narrow advantage. but we should point out it is about half of what it was in 2008. no question, though. if goff romney hopes to pull this out, he has to have a big turn out tomorrow. a big event outside of philadelphia. 25,000 people at shady brook farms. governor romney making the case that he is the one to bring about the change in this country that the economy needs and that the president just hasn't been able to get it done. here is the governor. >> i'm going to create new jobs. did obama's war on coal and oil and gas create new jobs? >> no! >> did
guy is taking off. john roberts is live in ohio where the governor will attend a ral later this afternoon. little me more about romney's message in the final days. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, bill. the battle in ohio is all about jobs. president obama going after the romney ad, recent one on auto bail yet which the chrysler selling jeep to the italians who want to start producing jeep ins china. obama administration saying absolutely not true they're shipping jobs overseas. the romney campaign saying it is true they want to start producing jeeps in china and every job created in china is not a job created here in the united states. so the campaign trail governor romney will continue to pure the message of change versus the status quo, saying under his administration real change starts on day one and mocking the president for wanting to create jobs by creating a department of business headed up by a secretary of business. >> i don't happen to think that put being in a new chair in the cabinet room will bring new jobs to the people of america. so we'
in the president's hometown of chicago where he will await the results. we'll begin with john roberts in boston where governor romney will be watch the returns with his family and his supporters as well. jon. >> reporter: good morning to you jenna. first he's got to come home. though. he's got up early, he has had a busy job. first of all in bellemont, massachusetts voting at 8:45 this morning, along with wife ann telling reporters that he's feeling good, he's feeling particularly good about ohio, that is right before he got on the plane with his son tag and his grandson joseph in toe. this will be the 18th time he's been to ohio to get out the vote. why cleveland you say? if you take a look at cuyahoga county, almost all of president obama's winning margin came there cuyahoga county. governor romney knows there are more republicans they can get out to the polls. he's got to look at medina, la lake, to get the vote out. in his last campaign event, the rally in ohio yesterday in columbus he appealed to people to get out to the polls themselves and find five other people to get out to the polls.
:30 p.m. eastern. at 2:00, chief justice john roberts and a look at the supreme court. later, space pioneers and nasa officials pay homage to the first man to walk on the moon, just before 11:00. >> "washington journal" continues. host: david walker, 1998 through 2008, the chief auditor of the united states. he is now the founder and ceo of come back america initiative. you have been watching this process a longtime. how would you describe fiscal conditions in the country right now? >> poor and deteriorated. be referred about the fiscal cliff, which is supposed to happen at the end of this year. we need to avoid the fiscal cliff. we need to recognize that is a symptom and not the disease. the disease is a large and growing federal deficit that lies ahead. we have to avoid the fiscal cliff and build a bridge to avoid the fiscal abyss. what is your level of confidence the fiscal cliff can be avoided? guest: i'm cautiously optimistic. last week was rather disappointing. i think both sides really do want to avoid it. we need to recognize you cannot do a grand bargain in a lame- duck ses
concerns on civil liberties. joining us is john mcroberts in studio. hi, john. >> hi. >> this relationship between germany and russia by some measures is at its worst in decades. has there been a real break down between russia and the west as pew ten has come back into office? >> i don't believe there's been a break down. i think the perception of russia has been difficult from western investors. when you see human rights case come up, people get a bit more nervous. but general employeeliemployee russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayl emplo russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayemploye russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todaymployee russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayployee a is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayloyee i is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayo
to come roaring back. megyn: john roberts in columbus, ohio where early voters you can see behind him are literally lining up and waiting we are told 0 minutes in that line to do their part in this process. john? >> reporter: they have been lining up like this since this morning. it closes right about now. but anybody who this line will be allowed to vote. we have more on what governor romney's plans are tomorrow. he will be holding an event in the cleveland area. it won't be a rally. it will be more a get out the vote event. he will campaign right up until the polls close and make every last effort for every vote possible. in lynchburg, virginia, a red part of the commonwealth, he was trying to get as many people out to the polls as he could telling people in the crowd he believes the president does not have a plan for the next four years. >> he tried to convince you these last four years have been a success and so his plan is to take the ideas from the first year, the stimulus, the borrowing, the obama-care and do them over again. he called that forward. i call it forewarned. >> rep
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